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The 2023-24 Donruss Soccer set was released on May 15th, 2024, and is full of hundreds of different cards to collect and invest in. It features players and clubs from leagues all over the globe, including the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1, and several others.

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This guide will examine the set in greater detail, reviewing the types of cards available, the different players to look for, the best pulls, card and box pricing, and more.

  • Manufacturer: ‎Panini
  • ASIN: ‎B0D4FQKNDQ
  • Country of Origin: ‎USA
  • Date First Available: ‎May 17, 2024

Inside the Box

Each hobby box of 2023-24 Donruss Soccer contains:

  • 12 packs per box
  • 30 cards per pack
  • 1 autograph
  • 1 memorabilia card
  • 48 inserts
  • 100 Optic base cards

Each blaster box of 2023-24 Donruss Soccer includes:

  • 6 packs per box
  • 15 cards per pack
  • 6 Rated Rookies*
  • 18 inserts*
  • 12 Optic base cards*
  • 6 parallels*

* on average

Set Overview

Let’s look at the different types of cards available in this set.

Base set

The base set is made up of 200 cards in total. You can find cards from some legends of the sport, current superstars from across the world, and numerous rookies who are set to dominate the world of soccer for years to come.

In addition to the standard base set, there’s also an Optic base set, which features premium glossy versions of the base cards.

Parallels

The base set has several colorful parallels to collect, ranging from more common versions like Teal (numbered to 199) to ones that’ll be more challenging to pull, like Gold (numbered to 10) or Green (numbered to 5). There’s also a Black parallel that is numbered 1/1.

Not to be outdone, the Optic base set also has its own set of parallels like Purple Mojo (numbered to /25) and Dragon Scale (numbered to /8). There are also three different 1/1 parallels for Optic cards, including Black, Black Pandora, and Gold Power.

Other card types like autographs, memorabilia cards, and inserts also have their own parallels, as well.

Autographs and memorabilia

The set also has a variety of autographs to find. This includes Beautiful Game and Signature Series autographs, as well as Beautiful Game dual autographs. On the memorabilia side of things, look for Kit Kings and Kit Series cards.

Inserts

Of course, there are numerous inserts to pull, as well. This includes Night Moves, Patch Kings, Crunch Time, Net Marvels, and more. The case hit insert is the popular Kaboom! series, which feature vibrant and colorful cartoon-inspired designs.

Incredibly lucky collectors and investors can also get their hands on numbered parallels (either numbered to /10 or /1) of this Kaboom! case hit, which are sure to be very valuable.

Popular Players in the Set

While this set has hundreds of players from leagues all over the globe, there are a few players that separate themselves from the pack when it comes to how popular their cards are and how popular they are in general. Here’s a closer look at 4 of them.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi an Argentine forward who currently plays for Inter Miami, but is better known for his time on Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Through his 20+ year senior career, he has scored over 800 goals, won the Ballon d’Or a record 8 times, won 4 Champions League titles and took home the World Cup in 2022.

Erling Haaland

Despite only being 23 years old, Norwegian striker Erling Haaland is already one of the best players in the world. He’s known for his incredible shot and strength, and is the all-time leader for goals in a Premier League season with 36. He also won the Premier League player of the season award, and was runner-up for the Ballon d’Or in 2023.

Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe is a French striker that’s been seen as one of the best players on the planet since he was barely 20 years old. He’s won a World Cup, 5 Ligue 1 titles, and has been the Ligue 1 top scorer for 5 straight seasons and is on his way to a 6th in a row as we speak. Even though he’s only 25 years old, he’s already the leading goalscorer for his Paris Saint-Germain team.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Hailing from Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo has been a fan favorite in the soccer world for years. Like Messi, Ronaldo has had a career that’s spanned over 2 decades, and he currently holds the record for the most senior career goals at 891 (as of the writing of this guide). He has won 5 Ballon d’Or awards and 5 Champions League titles throughout his illustrious career.

Best Hits and Cards to Look For

Cards from the aforementioned players are sure to be some of the best and most valuable hits in the set, especially their autographs, case hits, parallels, and other low-numbered cards.

Of course, Rated Rookie cards, especially those featuring wonderkids like Lamine Yamal, Arda Guler, and Endrick, are also going to be cards to look for. Rookie cards are always a hit in the sports card world, and this year Donruss Soccer has a few that many believe are destined to be superstars over the next few years.

Autographs and low-numbered parallels in general are also important to keep an eye out for.  While better and more popular players will fetch more money, even autographs and low-numbered parallels from less-popular players can still sell for a fair amount. 

Last, but not least, case hits like Kaboom! are something that every investor or collector would love to get their hands on. This is especially true for the incredibly rare numbered parallel versions.

Pricing and Early Card Values

Currently, you can buy a hobby box for between $250 and $350, with blaster boxes going for around $30. Because the set only released a few days ago as of the writing of this guide, there haven’t been too many completed auctions or sales for single cards.

A few of the sales that we’ve seen so far include:

  • $720 for a Cristiano Ronaldo Beautiful Game auto
  • $709 for a Lamine Yamal Beautiful Game Blue Prizm auto /49
  • $300 for an Endrick Rated Rookie Red parallel /99
  • $200 for a Cafu and Dida Beautiful Game dual auto /15

Several cards that were listed for around $2,000 have also sold, but because a Best Offer was accepted, we can’t see the actual amount they sold for, though there’s a good chance it was relatively high.

As of the writing of this guide, there are also plenty of cards currently on auction for hundreds and even thousands of dollars, and we could easily see those continue to rise even higher. This includes:

  • $2,025 with 9 bids and 6 days remaining for a Lamine Yamal Kaboom! /10
  • $1,200 with 35 bids and 1 day remaining for an Erling Haaland Kaboom!
  • $560 with 22 bids and 10 hours remaining for a Cristiano Ronaldo Beautiful Game Blue Prizm auto /99
  • $512 with 8 bids and 3 days remaining for a Rodrygo Kaboom!

Investment Outlook and Potential

This set has a very deep checklist, with hundreds of different cards to collect and invest in. It’s packed with plenty of superstars, legends, future stars, and rookies. The chance to pack so many players in the set should help boxes continue to be a solid investment going forward.

Some soccer sets only focus on a certain league, which limits the market that the product appeals to. However, people who purchase this set know that they could potentially pull players from almost anywhere, so fans of leagues from all over the world should be fans of this set.

Also, the presence of numbered Kaboom! cards in a soccer set should keep people interested in 2023-24 Donruss Soccer for a long time to come. The strong rookies, and the fact that it could be one of the last few sets where Messi and Ronaldo appear as active players, also help its potential going forward.

While Donruss might not be the most popular soccer set in the world, it has been well-received in recent years and plenty of cards from previous years have sold for thousands of dollars, and we don’t see why this year would be any different with the quality of cards that can be found in the set.

Final Thoughts

2023-24 Donruss Soccer should be a fun set to open due to the sheer volume of different cards, from case hits, to numbered parallels, to autographs, and everything in between. It has so many inserts, rookie cards, and the presence of an entire Optic base set is also exciting.

While the set only just came out, there are already several valuable cards that have been pulled and certainly many more to come.

We hope the information in this review helped you learn more about the cards and players in this set, as well the pulls to look for and the pricing for boxes and singles alike.

 

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